Nouna’s 80th Birthday Celebration

My Godmother (she’s also my Aunt), Athena Dallas Afendoulis, turned 80 on Saturday, May 28th. Nouna Tina is an expert when it comes to Greek Cuisine and my inspiration.  A local celebrity Greek chef, she appeared regularly, in the ’70’s, on the Grand Rapids Michigan NBC affiliate WOOD-TV’s “Buck Matthews Show”. If I have questions on how to prepare any traditional Greek dish, she’s my number one resource.

My cousin Georgia Afendoulis Everse planned a wonderful birthday dinner event for Tina. She didn’t want her Mother to cook on her birthday, so she asked for a little help from Esther Caruso Koukios of Greek to Go.

Georgia and I made the Greek salad. (I took this photo just before it was replenished!)
Esther made Chicken Kapama… (here’s a link to my version)
and Beef Stifatho…(both those dishes were served with rice pilaf)
and Spanakopita.
Every dish was absolutely delicious and everyone had a wonderful time.

Here’s Yianni’s video of the celebration. Xronia polla Nouna! We love you!